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Heritage Museums and Gardens

  • 67 Grove St. Map It
  • Sandwich Center
  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/13/2016

Fodor's Review

These 100 beautifully landscaped acres overlooking the upper end of Shawme Pond are one of the region's top draws. Paths crisscross the grounds, which include gardens planted with hostas, heather, herbs, and fruit trees. Rhododendrons are in full glory mid-May–mid-June, and daylilies reach their peak mid-July–early August. In 1967, pharmaceuticals magnate Josiah K. Lilly III purchased the estate and turned it into a nonprofit museum. One highlight is the reproduction Shaker Round Barn, which showcases classic and historic cars—including a 1919 Pierce-Arrow, a 1915 Milburn Light Electric, a 1911 Stanley Steamer, and a 1930 yellow-and-green Duesenberg built for movie star Gary Cooper. The art museum has an extraordinary collection of New England folk art, including paintings, weather vanes, Nantucket baskets, and scrimshaw. Both adults and children can enjoy riding on a Coney Island–style carousel dating to the early 20th century. Other features include Hidden Hollow, an outdoor

activity center for families with children.

A shuttle bus, equipped with a wheelchair lift and space to stow baby strollers, transports visitors on certain days. In summer, concerts are held in the gardens, often on Wednesday or Saturday evening or on Sunday afternoon. The center of the complex is about ¾ mile on foot from the in-town end of Shawme Pond.

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Sight Information

Address:

67 Grove St., Sandwich, Massachusetts, 02563, USA

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Phone:

508-888–3300

Sight Details:

  • $18
  • Apr.–June and Sept.–Nov., daily 10–5; July and Aug., Thurs.–Tues. 10–5, Wed. 10–8

Published 07/13/2016

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